Elliot Neal and our ‘New Look’

Many of you may have already noticed all the fantastic new photos popping up across thamesleisure.co.uk. My favourites are the modern and striking shots of our river cruisers posing in front of London landmarks Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and The Shard in Our Fleet. Getting the whole experience of an event on the river into a photograph is quite hard. The scale of London’s sites, the size of our vessels, that river air and atmosphere. It is not easy to get this exhilaration squashed flat into a 2D image – however, we think we finally might have found someone who can do it!

Finding a photographer

Meeting Elliot really was meant to be. I was ‘surfing’ around with the task of finding a new photographer when I stumbled across something quite unexpected on Flickr. It was a great picture of our very own TL fleet at their moorings near London Bridge complete with The Shard in the background. Slightly amused, I emailed the account holder to say hello and asked about his work. To be honest I was not holding my breath but sometimes these coincidences can prove fruitful.

Low and behold, Elliot Neal got back swiftly. He had just moved back to London and after a degree in music at Scarborough and was beginning to establish himself as a photographer in the capital. He quickly came to view the boats and discuss a potential shoot and everything fell into place before I could bat an eyelid. Sometimes things just have a mind of their own! Having struggled with out-dated photography for many months we have never clicked with the right photographer until now. It has been very exciting working with someone so talented and consistent. We had a glorious day in August spinning the boats round the pool of London like a fashion catwalk in front of Tower Bridge. Elliot has been coming on events as diverse as the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Fireworks to large scale Club Nights on Dutch Master. Elliot used to be a club photographer and his eye for still life turned out to be as impressive as his event based work. With great people skills and a fantastically easy manner, he has proved a fine addition to cruises where guests can go home with some stunning photos of their special party.

Impressed? Have Elliot come along with you!

We’ve had such good feedback we thought we’d keep working with Elliot and so have decided to offer his services with our events. For £180, Elliot will come on aboard your boat party and get a great collection of photos together which, after post production, he will send over to you to keep forever. Importantly, he is professional and affordable – email us to enquire further or check out more of his work on our website, go for it!

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